July 23, 2004
This is the best place just for cold boba tea (fruit smoothie with tapioca balls). Only at the Chinatown location. They use only fresh fruits here. The menu is a massive selection of different fruits, teas, tapiocas and ice cream mixes. I like my usual mango or honeydew green tea tapioca, which cost me an exact $3. They only have one size and usually big enough to be my lunch.
This place is located in Chinatown Square (Archer Ave and Canal St). Joy Yee is actually a pan-Asian restaurant which serves food and drinks whimsically on boats, fruits and whatever cool dishes they could use. For this entry I’m not recommending eating there. The few times I've been were not good at all. I don’t believe pan-Asian restaurants (specializing in 6+ Asian countries) can make good dishes all in one house. Tight seating and crowded. Service is chaotic and he may even forget you for 2 hours. Though it’s a very, very popular place with the young, hip Asians and to the non-Asian crowd, it’s mainly due to the fun and colorful atmosphere compared to the dullness of most restaurants in Chinatown. It’s been so popular that they’ve already added three more locations in the far west and north suburbs. I’ve recently gone to the Evanston location (north of the city) to just pick up my usual drink. I was really disappointed when the fruit was a powder mix and it was actually more expensive.
As of this entry, the Chinatown location will be moving down the mall into a bigger space before the end of summer 2004.
From journal Good Eats In Chitown